What is Clenbuterol? (Clen) is a chemical that works similar in nature as steroids. In its infancy it was used to treat asthmatic horses. It worked by relaxing the muscles in the airway. It has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system and the heart somewhat the same way as adrenalin and amphetamines. For that reason, people began to use it on their show animals. It promoted weight gain and increased the conversion of muscle to fat. After noticing the effect it had on animals, athletes started consuming the chemical.
Clenbuterol is sometimes used by athletes after they have used steroids. By doing this, they gain muscle mass and strength. This occurs as a result of the catabolic phase transforming complex organic compounds into energy. Another popular reason for its use is the ability to burn fat. It elevates the body’s temperature slightly, enabling it to burn off fat more rapidly. It is for this reason that people use it as a dietary aide.
Because it is not a steroid, the risks of dangerous side effects are lessened. There are some potential side effects such as: palpitations, perspiration, muscle spasms, insomnia, headache, restlessness, elevated blood-pressure, and sometimes nausea. Most of these side effects, if not all, will dissipate within eight to ten days.
This medication can be obtained in several different forms including liquid, syrups, drops, aerosols, granules, tablets and by injection. The average dosage for athletes is between 100-140 micrograms daily, and for women between 80-100 micrograms. The dosage should never exceed 150 micrograms daily. Clenbuterol will have a reduced affect if used consistently. For this reason people will taper off and then resume treatment. They will continue this cycle of increasing and decreasing for eight to ten weeks and begin the process over to maintain their ideal body mass. Many have reported this method as being the most successful means of treatment. As with any medication, it is important to discuss the use of Clenbuterol with your health care provider before use.
Many competitors also find the fat burning effect of clenbuterol can be further enhanced by additional substances. When combined with thyroid hormones, specifically the powerful Cytomel?, the thermogenic effect can become extremely dramatic. This can be to a point that the athlete could shred exceptional amounts of extra fat during contest preparations, without a dramatic restriction in calories. Such a mix can be further used during a steroid cycle, eliciting a much harder look from the anabolics. These cutting agents can often greatly inhibit extra fat storage during the cycle, even when using strong aromatizing androgens. A clenbuterol/thyroid mix is also common when using growth hormone, further enhancing the thermogenic and anabolic effect of this therapy.